“Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?” “It sets a...

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

12:50 AM Feyza Doksanbir 2 Comments

“Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
“It sets a dangerous precedent.”
“For avoiding pain?”
“For avoiding life.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
First Published: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 225

Goodreads Summary:
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
"This book is about me! Why didn't you tell me earlier?!" Was the text message I sent my friend after reading a couple of chapters. She’s also the one who forced me to read Fangirl and I am so grateful that she did! This book has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year and there was always that one book that I wanted to read more than Fangirl and shame on me. This book has been such a fantastic ride. The main character, Cath, was me, they just misspelled my name. (insert laughing noise here.) I couldn't stop reading it, one night I discovered it was already 2 AM and I had to get up at 7 AM. No regrets at all.

When I was a teenager I used to write fanfiction as well. It was actually a pretty big part of my life. Reading about a teen doing the exact same thing felt nostalgic to be honest. We saw the main character grow while still keeping her personality, which was a new way for me to experience character development.

One issue I’d like to address though is the actual fanfiction parts. At first, I read through them. Then I started skimming through them. In the end I decided I just wasn’t interested in those parts at all, so I skipped them. That’s the reason I’ll probably never read Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. (As it’s a book about the whole fanfiction thing.)  

I would recommend this book to anyone.

Rating: ★★★★

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  1. Wow for a new blog. This is so nice and neat! I feel related to Cath, too and did not understand the fanfiction. I probably will not read the Carry on as well. Btw, congrats for being book blogger! Welcome to the club :D

    1. Thank you Hana! That means a great deal to me! No, I suppose the fanfiction parts aren't for everyone. Thank you again! I love being a blogger even though there is a lot I still have to learn. :)